The Goblet Drumming Group
page is devoted to the work of members of the Goblet
Drumming Group at Yahoo. There is now a FAQ
for new members.
Members of the GDG have planned to create and
release a CD of music. Some of the pieces will be solo percussion
pieces, and some with accompaniment, but all will feature goblet
shaped drums in the mix .
Audio works of GDG members will be posted here, IN VARIOUS FILE
FORMATS, usually either mp3, wma, or rm, with some accompanying
text, copyright info, etc. Other works featuring
GDG members will also be posted here, with links to the relevant
Bill Koutsouros [Philadelphia area, USA]
Currently, Bill Koutsouros composes music for and plays the Bouzouki,
Doumbek, Guitar, Oud, and the Riq in the Philadelphia based world
fusion music and dance ensemble ANIMUS
. His other projects include playing traditional musics with the
Feztones, The Spice Route Ensemble (Strings for Schools/Musicopia),
and The Sally Mitlas Orchestra among others. Bill also creates and
performs world music geared for small children with Children's World
Music Express. He also regularly teaches Middle Eastern percussion
classes in the Philadelphia area.
Listen to Arapia
sound files forthcoming..
Esteemed member Daveed Korup, based in N. Carolina, USA, is a well
known author and teacher, has been in the Goblet Drumming group
since the first week, and has been a steady source of encouragement
and education. Thanks Daveed. He has been doing a lot of good work
lately with a variety of fine artists. Here's a recent drum solo,
recorded live at the Citadel, Chareston, SC, January, 2005. Much
more cool stuff is at his downloads
© Daveed Korup all rights reserved.
GDG Moderator & Co-Founder Peyman Nasehpour
is a lifetime student of Persian Classical music, from Tehran,
Iran. Currently doing advanced work in Mathematics and
Computer Science, he has recorded this solo tonbak piece specially
for the CD project. He is moderator and co-founder of the Goblet
Drumming Group at Yahoo.
Tonbak Solo #1 Listen
© 2002 P. Nasehpour All rights reserved
Peyman's bio and links to his many online
works are here.
- GDG member Shirzad Sharif Shirzad studied the Tonbak
under the supervision of Ostad Bahman Rajabi in Iran.
Currently based in the San Fransisco Bay area, he is involved in
a wide variety of experimental forms of music, blending Arabic,
Persian, and Indian instruments with jazz and electronica, as well
as playing traditional forms of Persian music. His group, Somma,
has just completed a succesful East coast tour. By All means check
out the Somma website for more audio files.
Here, in Real Audio is a Santur
& Tonbak duet featuring Alan Kushan & Shirzad
Sharif in Chahargah mode.
Our friend Shaheen is based in Iran, and is studying and documenting
the acoustic properties of the tonbak. More info about his composition
methods and a link to his website will be up here soon..
Between Partials" , Shaheen created this, his latest piece,
by anlayzing the sound of tombak and making a microtonal scale based
on some of its partials. He then used the scale in the piece with
cakewalk (pitch wheel) , and mixed it with others in magix, also
changing tha tune of timpanies as the scale.
This is from Shaheen regarding this piece: It is
based on different interval-o-rhythmic concepts: 1. a microtonal
scale, using the intervallic relations between partials in the sound
spectrum of an E-tuned tombak to make a 7 tone scale which its degrees
are equal to some degrees of 144-EDO(144 equal divisions of octave)
2. Two microrhythmic scales with different time intervals ( based
on my theory)
Shaheen continues, "Living in such mysterious
and virtual worlds is a dream …. As a personal point of view
, Microtonality and microrhythm are the soul , self and nature of
This next one is a progressive piece entitled "Rebellious
© 2003 Shaheen Mohajeri all rights reserved
Here is another piece for tonbak & synth which
is based on a whole tone scale, and which explores the tonal possibilities
of the tonbak within a free metro-rhythmic view, "something
like persian voice."
© 2003 Shaheen Mohajeri all rights reserved
Another piece is entitled "Titanic Hands",
and it is dedicated to group member Eric Stuer (yours truly), who
hurt his left arm badly early in 2003. (Thanks very much, Shaheen,
but I think the phrase "Titanic" must be used to describe
other hands than my own..especially considering the abilities of
so many other esteemed members of GDG. All the same, its an excellent
and adventurous piece of music.
© 2003 Shaheen Mohajeri all rights reserved
Peach Curry is a folk band based in Atlanta, Georgia that plays
music with a Middle Eastern flavor. Their lead drummer and Webmaster,
GDG group member Kamuran, pictured here in Nov. 2002, sent us the
sound files below for your listening enjoyment. Their Web site also
has sound clips from their CD "Dancing With the Infidels", which
has Eastern and Western music from the 10th century through the
20th century A.D. ...very cool... check it out...
Kamuran (also known as Rick Wallace) has a guide for doumbek
players on his personal site which features notation and difficulty
ratings for dozens of rhythms.
(2:19) | Saidi Jam (2:34)
© 2003 Peach Jam all rights reserved
David Kuckhermann - David is a student of world percussion
at the Rotterdam music conservatory. Although he is shown with a
frame drum at left, this submission to the GDG project is deftly
played on a REMO djembe. He also has music going on to the FrameDrummers
group project. Visit that page for
© 2003 David Kuckhermann all rights reserved
David has a wonderful website, rich in free instructional
video. Visit him at http://framedrums.de
Born in Israel in 1962, Kobi Hagoel has studied percussion for many
years, and is a member of several groups, including the East-West
Ensemble, Kav Hatefer, and Esfahan, a group which specializes in
Persian classical music and related styles. He has written a book
documenting over 300 rhythms from various cultures, from North Africa
and the middle east to the Balkans and Persia.
Kobi has recorded this solo specifically for the project,
and has dedicated it TO HUMAN UNDERSTANDING. It is a freeform composition
incorporating Balkan, Turkish, and Iranian rhythms.
© 2002 Kobi Hagoel. All rights reserved
With Kobi's kind permission, we have kept these
examples online of his various projects.
Kav Hafeter (Kav Hafeter is the area
between Israel and the Palestinian area.) The group was established
in 1998 by Kobi Hagoel, and is a blend of elements from the Middle
East, North Africa, Greece, Persia, and India, mixed with Jazz and
Musicians: Kobi Hagoel - voice, darabuka,
zarb, daf, udu , cymbals, and bells; Asigivati -
guitar, oud, bazouki; David Oterman - bass, vocals,
junk percussion; Ofer Ankori - saxophone, ney recorded
1999, Hamon studios, Israel.
©1999 Kav Hafeter, all rights reserved
And here a short Persian traditional piece featuring
Kobi on tonbak (zarb) with the Esfahan Ensemble,
under the direction of Menashe Sasson:
© 2002 Persepolis, all rights reserved
Jerry Summers (percussion) began playing
Balkan music in the mid-80's. Since then he has also studied Middle
Eastern, West African, North Indian, Balinese, Javanese and Brazilian
music. He teaches in the Film/Video School at CalArts in Valencia,
composed by Dan Cantrell © 2002 all rights reserved
From The Toids CD "Ruupert Dances in Fins"
Musicians: Dan Cantrell, accordion; Ryan Francesconi,
Bulgarian tambura, Bill Lanphier, bass; Lila Sklar, violin; Jerry
Note from Jerry: Buchimish (BOO-chih-meesh) is the generic name
(like "waltz" or "fox-trot") for a Bulgarian
dance in 15/16, subdivided 2222322. At a slower tempo, it would
be felt as "7 with a long 5." But it's fast(!), felt and
played as "4 with a short 3." Kind of like warped funk,
and that's what make it so FUN.
to more of the Toids
McAllister of the world music group Soundstream
is a member and frequent and welcome contributor to both the GDG
and the Frame Drummers group at Yahoo. He is based in Las Vegas,
Nevada, USA. This is one of our favorites from the Soundtream CD
(a low res mp3 stream).
© 2002 W. McAllister, all rights reserved
- Jamal Mohamed A native of Lebanon, Jamal grew up in the
Chicago area, and is now based in Dallas, Texas. Sting, Simon Shaheen,
Mark O'Connor Poovalur Srinivasan, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Trichy
Sankaran are among the many artists Jamal has performed with and
his music has been featured on recordings for the television documentaries
"Ramses the Great", National Geographic's "Lions
of Darkness", and the film biography of Robert Johnson, "Can't
You Hear the Wind", starring Danny Glover and Keb' Mo'. He
has presented percussion clinics at Berklee College of Music in
Boston, the University of North Texas, the American University in
Cairo, Egypt, and the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico
City. Jamal is currently a percussion instructor and dance musician
at Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts, and
performs with the World Music group "Brahma", the Middle
Eastern Jazz ensemble "Beledi", and the percussion group
Listen to a couple from his latest solo album 'Beledhi'.
© 2001 jamal mohamed, all rights reserved